Sadie M. Murray, who was active in the civil rights movement in Alabama before moving to Buffalo in 1965, died Friday in Buffalo General Hospital. She was 79.
Mrs. Murray worked in the housekeeping unit at Roswell Park Cancer Institute until retiring in the late 1980s and was an usher at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church.
Born Sadie Roberts in Birmingham, Ala., she took part in civil rights protests in the 1960s.
Mrs. Murray was a secretary for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and helped organize the 1965 Selma-to-Montgomery march, said Bobby Roberts, her grandson. He said Mrs. Murray was also a friend of Rosa Parks, who became legendary in the civil rights movement when she refused to move to the back of a public bus in Montgomery, Ala.
Survivors include a son, Bobby Roberts Sr.; two stepdaughters, Tara Hatten and Rashel Lynch; and a sister, Altra Roberts.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 318 High St.